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Ole Miss defeats Western Michigan 85-58

Ole Miss guards Breein Tyree and Devontae Shuler scored
20 and 16 points, respectively and combined to spark a decisive 16-0 first

half run Friday as Rebels defeated Western Michigan 85-58.

Luis Rodriguez added 10 points and a team-high six rebounds for Ole Miss
(3-0), who led 40-32 at halftime and opened the second half with a 11-2
run that ended any Western Michigan (3-1) comeback hopes.

Brandon Johnson and Michael Flowers scored 21 and 14 points apiece,
respectively for the Broncos (3-1), who led 16-8 in the opening 10
minutes. Western Michigan shot 20 of 59 (33 percent) from the field, 5 of
32 (15%) from 3-point range. The Broncos, finished 13 of 17 (77%) from the
free throw line.

Ole Miss shot 32 of 61 (52%), 5 of 15 (33%) from 3-point range and 16 of
20 (80%) from the free-throw line and out rebounded the Broncos 38-33
while forcing 19 turnovers.

BIG PICTURE
Western Michigan: Coming off an uncharacteristic 8-24 season, the Broncos
looked more like the Steve Hawkins-coached teams that won eight
Mid-American Conference West titles in the past 15 seasons, at least in
the first half. Johnson and Flowers are a formidable one-two punch
offensively, but the Broncos had difficulty stopping the Ole Miss from
penetrating to the basket and had no answers in the second half.

Ole Miss: The Rebels keep winning and using multiple player combinations
– but the perimeter combination of Shuler and Tyree continues to impress
most. The Rebels rotated three freshmen inside – Khadim Sy, Carlos Curry
and Sammy Hunter – with each providing solid minutes and productive
numbers. Shuler had seven points to start the early 16-0 run and the
Rebels never looked back.

Ole Miss hosts Seattle on Tuesday.
by Chris Burrows | AP Sports